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[ROBERTS, Evan].
Historic Horology Being a Catalogue of a Collection of Antique Watches and Clocks kindly loaned by MR. EVAN ROBERTS, and exhibited by the DENNISON WATCH CASE COMPANY at the Jewellers' Exhibition, 1912.

pp. (ii), 28, (ii). Frontispiece of parts of a JOHN HARRISON grandfather clock movement. Preface signed by A.T. As issued, in paper wrappers, stitched with red cord, uncut, front cover faintly creased at the lower corner, title and next leaf foxed, lower corner of the frontispiece recto dust marked, else a very good copy.

*COPAC does not record a copy of this edition. It contains a list of 141 items - Items 1-125 being Antique Watches, items 126-135 are Movements, items 136-141 are Clocks. EVAN ROBERTS [1836-1918], watch salesman and 'the greatest horological collector of all'. He was the second son of Hugh and Jane Roberts, born 18 December 1836 on his father's small hill farm, Fotty Bach, Gwyddelwern, Merioneth. The family was very poor and struggled to make a living there. Young Evan received no formal education, but he was a strong lad and in his teens he went to work as a labourer for neighbouring farmers, one of whom cleaned clocks and watches as a sideline. This inspired an interest, and Evan Roberts left home to seek his fortune 'with an empty head and pocket' (as he himself later recalled), and became a watch repairer. He established himself in Manchester and prospered, and realising the commercial potential of newly imported mass-produced American Waltham watches, he became their premier agent, travelling throughout Britain and Australia. He had also developed a passionate interest in collecting watches, especially those with an historic association, buying at major auctions, eventually amassing a collection of thousands of examples. Many of these he eventually gifted to the V&A Museum, some to the Science Museum and some to the National Museum of Wales. Prior to the break-up of his collection, major portions were exhibited at international expositions, such as the World Exposition in Chicago in 1893, and subsequently at various venues and international exhibitions in London; several catalogues were published (H. G. Abbott, Catalogue of the historic and antique watches from the famous collection of Mr Evan Roberts… Chicago, 1893; H. G. Abbott, The Roberts collection of antique watches… Chicago, 1897; [Evan Roberts] Historic horology, being a catalogue... London, 1912). [See WILLIAM LINNARD Welsh Biography On-Line].

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Date Published: [1912]. 12mo.

Stock No. 61299

Price: £120.00